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How To Install Three Way Dimmer Switches

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Installing a Dimmer Switch: How to Install and Wire Dimmer Switches for Your Light Fixtures.

Three Way Dimmer Switches

Electrical Question: When installing a dimmer switch on a three way circuit, does it matter which switch is replaced with the dimmer?

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Bill.
Background: Bill, a Homeowner from Wadsworth, Ohio.

How to Wire Dimmer Switches

Application: Wiring a Dimmer Switch.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best if wired by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience and ability to work with tools.
Precaution: Identify the light circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the dimmer switch wiring.
Materials: Make sure the replacement dimmer switch has the same amperage and voltage rating as the original switch, and is fully compatible with the electrical circuit, the light fixture and the type of light bulbs being used. The dimmer switch must be rated for the amount of watts that will be controlled.

Installing a Dimmer Switch

Great question about wiring dimmer switches, Bill.

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